Digital pianos are meant to emulate acoustic pianos. Everything from sound to key feel should be just like a real piano. The only big difference being, that sound comes from speakers and not strings. Some digital pianos even feature the same mechanism as acoustic pianos to get a super realistic touch on the keyboard. Because sound is produced by electronics, digital pianos can be played with headphones and they usually are much compacter both in size and cost than their acoustic counterparts. They`re perfect for casual players and can be used in any apartment without disturbing your neighbors.
Digital pianos feature built-in sounds, effects and 32- to 128-note polyphony. Headphones enable silent playing, so you can safely practice without disturbing anyone. Most digital pianos also feature built in speakers and a MIDI output to connect the piano to a computer and record or edit your playing.
Digital pianos are much lighter and smaller than acoustic pianos. It is easy to move them from one place to another. The price is also lower, than on acoustic pianos.
Most digital pianos are uprights or portables, but you can also find some grand digital pianos on the market. Roland for example is one of the top manufacturers of digital grands.
Upright digital pianos are generally intended for home usage and portable ones for stage use. Stage digital pianos usually do not have internal loudspeakers or amps and they feature fewer sounds. They also don't have a fixed stands or fixed sustain pedals.
Grand digital pianos are similar in appearance to acoustic ones. But they weigh less and never need tuning. The action of the keyboard simulates the feel of a true acoustic grand.
Digital pianos are alternatives to acoustic pianos with similar keys and sound action. They are cheaper and lighter than acoustic pianos, but larger and with better sound quality than electronic keyboards.
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Digital pianos under $1000
Alesis Recital Pro, a digital piano with 88 full-sized hammer-action keys, released in August 2017, is an updated version of Alesis Recital. This is a budget piano intended for beginners. It's easy to use the piano and easy to take it with because of its light weight (ca 26 pounds). It's probably the only digital piano of this type available on the market, which you can power with the help of D-cell batteries. So you can play the piano everywhere. Read more...
GHS weighted action is heavier in the low keys and lighter in the high keys, just like an acoustic piano. The matte black key tops are designed to absorb moisture and remain tactile after extended use without becoming slippery.
The Pure CF Sound Engine reproduces the tone of a Yamaha's acclaimed 9' CFIIIS concert grand piano. GHS weighted 88-key action is heavier in the low end and lighter in the high end.
Rich, responsive tone from Roland’s renowned Supernatural Piano sound engine. 88-note PHA-4 Standard keyboard provides authentic piano touch for maximum expression. Compact and lightweight body for easy mobility in and out of the home, studio, or classroom.
Pure CF Sound Engine faithfully reproduces the tone of a meticulously sampled and highly acclaimed Yamaha concert grand piano. GHS weighted action is heavier in the low register and lighter in the high, just like an acoustic piano.
Harmonic Imaging sound technology. 88-key piano sampling. Responsive hammer compact action. 88 weighted keys. 19 sounds, including eight exceptional piano sounds. Bluetooth, MIDI Dual and split keyboard modes. 192-note polyphony. Built-in Alfred piano lessons.
Digital pianos $1000–$1500
The Pure CF Sound Engine reproduces the tone of a Yamaha 9' CFIIIS concert grand piano. Graded Hammer 88-key piano keyboard action provides a heavier touch in the low end and lighter touch in the high end, responding similarly to the hammers inside an acoustic piano.
Digital pianos with Wooden-key actions, Harmonic Imaging sound technology, USB digital audio, unique Soundboard Speaker System. ToneThe KDP90 utilizes Kawai's acclaimed Harmonic Imaging Sound Technology, featuring 88-key piano sampling, to create its impressive piano sound.
The Yamaha YDP-143 Arius provides authentic acoustic piano touch and tone suitable for any aspiring pianist. The Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) keyboard action helps build proper finger technique and strength for an easy transition to playing on acoustic pianos.
The Pure CF Sound Engine. The sound of the renowned Yamaha CFIIIS 9' concert grand piano is faithfully reproduced. A Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) 88-key piano keyboard provides a heavier touch in the low end and lighter touch in the high end.
Graded Hammer 3 keyboard action with three sensors and synthetic ivory keytops. The Pure CF Engine on the YDP-163 more expressively delivers the Yamaha CFIIIS concert grand piano tone for the more experienced player with a more powerful 20W stereo amplifier.
SuperNATURAL Piano sound engine delivers the rich, authentic tone of a real acoustic grand. Multi-dimensional sound experience. PHA-4 Standard Keyboard features high-resolution sensing that maximizes the vast tonal potential of the SuperNATURAL Piano sound engine.
Piano technology powers ultra-expressive acoustic piano tones. The 64-note Ivory Feel-G keyboard provides a true weighted-action playing feel. Travel-friendly instrument, fits easily in small vehicles and takes up less space on crowded stages.
The YDP-S52 digital pianos are equipped with a PureCF sound engine. Grand piano touch with the feel of this synthetic ivory keyboard. The keys absorb moisture from your fingers while you play to prevent slipping and keep you comfortable.